On November 8, 2022, Phoebe Plummer and Anna Holland of Just Stop Oil vandalized Vincent van Gogh's masterpiece painting "Sunflowers", at the National Gallery in London. The two women had reportedly been chanting slogans in support of their cause prior to their actions.
Nonetheless, Phoebe Plummer is currently under arrest. And Anna Holland “solo faced” the media. As of now, the whereabouts of Anna Holland, 22, are unknown.
Who Are Just Stop Oil?
Just Stop Oil is a non-profit organization that campaigns for greater action on climate change and against the dangers of oil production. It was founded by Phoebe Plummer and Anna Holland in 2017 with the goal of making an impact on global warming through education and activism initiatives.
Thus, they rally against oil production and its effects on the environment. The organization is led by two activists, Phoebe Plummer and Anna Holland.
Anna’s whereabouts are currently unknown. However, she once single-handedly attended a press conference where she boldly voiced her views on the dangers of oil production.
Why Targets Like Van Gogh's Painting?
Just Stop Oil believes that targeting items of cultural value, such as Van Gogh's Sunflowers painting, is an effective way to draw attention to the organization's cause. Phoebe Plummer has said, "We want to make people understand our message by making it impossible for them to ignore."
The painting was selected because of its iconic status and symbolic meaning - van Gogh had famously painted several versions of the work in his lifetime, and it is seen as a symbol of growth and hope.
Reaction to the Desecration of the Painting
The desecration of Van Gogh's Sunflowers sparked widespread condemnation from the art world and beyond. Some critics argued that the protesters' message overshadowed the painting's value and symbolism, while others argued that such an act of vandalism could never be justified.
The National Gallery has since issued a statement condemning Phoebe Plummer and Anna Holland's actions. And confirming that the painting will undergo restoration to restore it to its original condition.
Similarly, the young activists have always been dealt with by the legal forces of the country.
Regardless of one's opinion on Just Stop Oil's tactics, it is clear that Phoebe Plummer and Anna Holland have successfully brought attention to their cause. This spotlight and attention is not just due to this incident but other campaigns before it as well.
Sure enough! their actions may have been controversial. But they are ultimately driven by a desire to make real changes in order to protect our planet for future generations.
However, it is clear that Phoebe Plummer and Anna Holland are determined to make a difference. Although Just Stop Oil's protest has certainly sparked debate and perhaps this will ultimately lead to the action necessary to combat climate change. Only time will tell.